A native of San Diego, California, Doria has owned her own business, Doria Design, (formerly Designs by Doria) since 1981. She began her career designing one-of-a-kind and limited edition clothing that was marketed at the Los Angeles Beckman wholesale shows and she sold retail through San Diego Artwear and through her own shows, Artisans Studio.
In 1995, Doria began designing art quilts for walls in homes and offices. Her art quilts have been juried into the International Quilt Association (IQA) in Houston, Texas and the American Quilters Society (AQS) in Paducah, Kentucky as well as the Visions Art Museum (VAM) in San Diego, CA and The Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) in Oceanside, CA and the San Jose Quilt Museum in San Jose, CA. Her art quilt, "Time's Release" appears in Fiberart's Design Book 7, a book which has been published every five years and chronicles the best fiber art throughout the world.
In 2009, Doria earned a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Arts and Sciences with emphasis in Applied Design and with Distinction in Art at San Diego State University. In the University's juried art exhibition, she won the two top awards, The President's Purchase Award and the Dean's Purchase Award for her art quilts which remain in the University's private/public collection.
Doria recently curated a juried international art quilt exhibition sponsored by SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates--of which she is a PAM, Professional Artist Member) which she created and titled "Layers of Memory." A juror selected 19 from 174 submitted entries. This exhibit traveled to 7 venues throughout the nation with the Mancuso Shows. She has published a book which details this exhibit and designed a power point presentation which can be viewed on her website, www.designsbydoria.com.
A member of San Diego Book Arts (SDBA), Doria also enjoys designing art books. Her art books have been juried into exhibitions at the Athenaeum and the Geisel Library at UCSD in La Jolla, CA and the Japanese Garden in Balboa Park, CA.
Although I have a background in painting and mixed media, I prefer designing with fabric which I often paint and collage. Because the process of creating an art quilt is so labor intensive, I often ask myself, "why not just paint it?" The answer is that I prefer the tactile sensation of working with cotton, silk, hand dyed fibers, batting, and beautiful threads. All these elements create a finished art quilt that has dimensions and textures not often found in a painting. I authored a book which will take the reader through the process of creating an art quilt from conception to completion. Titled "Yearning" (the title of one of my art quilts). This book describes the multiple steps--along with an image of each step--to show the reader the intricacies of the work involved when designing one art quilt. When completed, it hangs on the wall as a work of art.
Although the art quilt is my first choice when creating art, I also enjoy designing one-of-a-kind art books. Also, I restore old books by repairing the pages and structure and designing a new cover. I call these "rescued" books.
Currently, I am exploring designing with bias line design in my most recent Roots Series, art quilts that interpret tree forms. Sometimes I accept commissions such as designing a Memorial Quilt which displays family images on fabric (photo transfer) to honor a loved one.